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Your chance to become part of scientific history!
December 1, 2007, 10:20 pm
Filed under: Academia, Neuroscience | Tags: , , ,

I’m part of a small group working on a new scientific endeavour, and we need your help!

We’re writing a new piece of software to simulate the behaviour of networks of neurons (nerve cells in the brain). Well, we’ve solved the differential equations, worked out the technical problems, written the code, but now we’re stuck. We’ve hit a barrier, our own CDD (creativity deficit disorder).

We need a name.

And it needs to be so damned snappy that as soon as someone hears it they’ll want to download our software and stop using the competition (with names like Neuron, XPP and Nest).

So can you help? Your scientific community needs you!

Boring technical details follow for those who are interested (not necessary for thinking up a cool name): The software is going to be written in Python, with some bits possibly in C++, using SciPy and vectorised code for efficient computations. The emphasis is on the code being easy to use for people without much experience in programming, and easy to extend. Initially, the software will focus on networks of simple model neurons rather than detailed anatomical models (although we might get round to adding that later).

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5 Comments

Neuronet?

Neurons R Us?

The Neuronator?

Can’t read that bit at the bottom.

Comment by azahar

NerveUs.
MindNet.
PsyPy.
EspriNet.
CompuPsi (could be good – esp if you spell the last part with a Greek upper-case psi)
Nous. (in the Greek sense)
Psynaps. (Cool!!!)
Psinapple.
Neurotique.

What you need to do is set up a noticeboard and put yellow stickies on it as names occur. Can’t remember who – but I heard of a film director who does this.

Hah! At least I can still post to your blog. Our IT monkeys have bloked blogspot. 😦

Comment by Edward the Bonobo

I quite like MindNet. It’s not as cute and quirky as some of the others you suggested but I think it would be taken more seriously as a result.

Hah! Noticed that Blogger has changed their comments so that *only* people with Blogger blogs can link back to their blogs when they leave a comment? Jerks.

Comment by azahar

Ed – love it! I knew you’d come up with some crackers. I rather like Nous actually. And Psinapple! 😀

I’ll add them to the suggestions list forthwith…

az – NeuroNet is a bit similar to what they’re actually called (neural networks), plus I think there’s probably already quite a few called something very similar to that. 🙂

The bit at the bottom was just tedious details:

Boring technical details follow for those who are interested (not necessary for thinking up a cool name): The software is going to be written in Python, with some bits possibly in C++, using SciPy and vectorised code for efficient computations. The emphasis is on the code being easy to use for people without much experience in programming, and easy to extend. Initially, the software will focus on networks of simple model neurons rather than detailed anatomical models (although we might get round to adding that later).

Comment by Dan | thesamovar

thunk

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